After being away from the races for nearly three months, Edward P. Evans' A Little Warm made his return in winning fashion in an overnight allowance at Delaware Park June 29.
Joe Shields' homebred Any Limit makes her first start after not faring too well on the Keeneland Polytrack, one of nine fillies and mares running in the Top Flight Handicap (gr. II) Nov. 28 at Aqueduct.
Patrice Wolfson, co-owner of the last horse to win the Triple Crown, said Tuesday she believes it is time for the elusive quest to be won and that she believes Big Brown has the ability to win the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Handicappers who take on the $300,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) will probably find their challenge not in choosing a winner, but in selecting the order of finish behind Robert LaPenta's prohibitive favorite War Pass.
Frank Calabrese's homebred Dreaming of Anna kicked off her 4-year-old campaign with a photo finish that was almost too close to call when she outbobbed 6-5 favorite Lear's Princess in the $150,000 Endeavour Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Tampa Bay Downs Feb. 16.
- By Claire Novak
He spurns in-depth interviews, seeking the privacy of the jockeys' room with hermit-like tenacity. You'll rarely find him socializing with his fellow riders, and his post-race celebrations are generally undetectable. But Cornelio Velasquez doesn't have to say much. His ability speaks for itself. Trainers call Velasquez "a warrior" and "an agressive rider" who is solid, determined and "consistently gives his all." These qualities are probably the reason he is the nation's fourth-leading rider by purses earned this year. And we're about to let you in on another secret. Velasquez will not volunteer this information, but 2007 has been his best year ever. (Read More)
With eight racing days remaining until the end of the 2007 meet at Saratoga Race Course, the track's jockey colony is tightly bunched as usual, but the shifting fortunes of several riders make for an interesting match-up as we head into closing week. Here's a look at Saratoga's top 10 jockeys and their nearly finished summer seasons heading into Sunday's card.
Proud Truth, who won the 1985 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Aqueduct for Darby Dan Farm owner John W. Galbreath, has died.
Stroll, who finished second in his first start after three months on the sidelines, heads a field of eight in Saturday's Kelso Stakes (gr. IIT) at Belmont. For 3-year-olds and up, the race is a mile on the Belmont turf and carried a $350,000 purse.
More rememberances from some of those who knew legendary jockey Bill Shoemaker the best. The former jockey died Sunday at age 72.
Some of those who knew legendary jockey Bill Shoemaker the best remembered him today. Shoemaker died Sunday at age 72.
Ebony Breeze, ridden by Cornelio Velasquez, collared pacesetter Storm Flag at the eighth pole and coasted home to the 4 1/4-length win in the $300,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup (gr. III) Saturday at Calder Race Course.
Texas Glitter outraced long shot Joe's Son Joey by a head Saturday to win the $75,000 Yankee Affair Stakes at Gulfstream. The race was marred when Kipperscope broke down.
Mr. Elusive, one of 77 foals in the first crop by Elusive Quality, became the first winner for that sire when he won Friday at Santa Anita.
Favored Lord Juban made his move on the last turn and notched a 1 1/4-length victory in the $75,000 Caltech Handicap on the grass at Gulfstream Park on Sunday.
On a yielding turf course and in a paceless race, Cetewayo closed from far back to win Saturday's $200,000 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) by 3 1/4 lengths over favored Band Is Passing. The win marks the first for the 8-year-old son of His Majesty since taking the Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT) in November of 2000.
Longshot Cellars Shiraz defeated favored August Storm by 1 1/4 lengths to win the $100,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies Sunday at Gulfstream Park.
Pharmstar, making the second start of her career, beat Blissful Kiss by 4 3/4 lengths Saturday in the fillies' Desert Vixen division of the $75,000 Florida Stallion Stakes for 2-year-olds at Calder. O'Rocky and Carey's Gold won their respective races in the split open division, named the Dr. Fager Stallion Stakes.
M375 Thoroughbreds Inc.'s Diamond Studs closed from next-to-last in the field of four Thoroughbreds and four Quarter Horses to win the $25,000 Challenge Stakes, the first race on Calder Race Course's "Summit of Speed" card Saturday.
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